CO2 from Homes

CO2 from Homes

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The Crime of UK Homes

Depending on how you divide the sectors, as much as 40% of all the UK’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions come from our homes1.

UK homes are inefficient, but also, electricity is derived from a mixed energy grid where less than half is “green”2

Green Supplies ... ?

While the grid is mixed, suppliers are allowed to use complex secondary markets for certificates that represent renewable generation.  This allows them to to make claims about being “green” even if their energy comes from fossil fuels3.

Tree's a crowd

While they’re lovely, trees are not the answer.  If a typical mature tree can absorb around 21 kilograms of CO2 per year4, it would take 128 trees to offset the average 2.7 tonnes of CO2 from homes for each of the 22 million or more UK households5.  We’d also have to wait a while for them to mature – so we’d need a lot of space to plant them!

The worst homes in Europe

Compared with some Western European neighbours such as Germany, UK homes are losing heat up to three times faster6; so there’s more CO2 from homes as we keep our heating on to make up the loss.

With over 75%7 of European energy and around 60%8 of Global energy derived from fossil fuels, the impact that EFA could have globally is huge.

EFA IMPACT AREAS

Poverty

EFA helps reduce the cost of living by providing access to cheap green energy.

Emissions

EFA project’s will remove Tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Housing

EFA provides access to sustainable housing so it’s in reach of everyone.

Democracy

EFA gives people tools that enable them to get what they want.

Climate

EFA addresses the fundamental cause of man-made climate change.

Capital

EFA provides clear provenance onto the ESG impact of investments.

UNSDGs

The United Nations’ 17 global sustainability objectives and where we’ll contribute.

Earthshot

The Earthshot Prize; read how local energy as-a-service will help fix our climate.

Horizons

This tool helps businesses assess their sustainability – read our self-assessment.

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